Hornby Island Blues Workshop



Chris Nordquist - Drums


Since the late 60`s Chris has been regarded by his peers as one of the most musical and versatile drummers around: fluent in many genres, and as entertaining to watch as he is satisfying to listen to.
Affectionately nicknamed “The Wrist” many years ago by his admirers, he has performed with many blues legends including: Big Mama Thornton, Louisiana Red, Robert Lockwood Junior, Taj Mahal, Shuggie Otis, Guitar Shorty, Pine top Perkins, Big Joe Duskin, John Hammond Jr, Jay Mc Shann, Eddie “Cleanhead Vinson, Lloyd Glenn ,The Shirelles, Katy Webster and most recently (2017), John Primer (from the great Muddy Waters band ),at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival as part of the house band

His recording archives read like a who`s who of Canadian Blues and R&B musicians including: Long John Baldry, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, John Lee Sanders, Big Dave Maclean, Hans Staymer, Roy Forbes, Colin James, Murray Porter, Steve Kozak, Gary Comeau.

Chris has been nominated multiple times for the “Maple Blues Drummer of the Year” and is currently The Artistic Director of the Pender Harbour Roots and Blues Festival.

Chris is a very busy, working drummer, involved in a number of projects in western Canada. He lives with his wife in Vancouver.


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